The Pianist Within with Elena Riu

An opportunity to study with Venezuelan pianist and teacher Elena Riu at Jackdaws Music Education Trust in Frome, Somerset.

Work with acclaimed pianist, Elena Riu, who will gently lead you through whichever repertoire you choose to bring, specifically working on imaginative tone production accessing the meaning of harmonic colour through the exploration of a wider emotional vocabulary. Part of the weekend will also focus on performance anxiety, integrating simple yoga techniques for relaxation and visualisation to improve your playing and benefit “the whole person”.

An inspirational experience, hearty homemade food, cosy B&B rooms and beautiful surroundings!

Course details:

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd February 2013

Ability: all

Course fee: £180

Course no.: 3028

For further information please contact:

01373 812383

Jackdaws offers a wide range of courses for musicians of all abilities, with a great team of visiting tutors. Forthcoming courses of interest to pianists in 2013:

15-17 February – Schubert with James Lisney

A chance to explore the miracles contained within Schubert`s richly varied piano music – including the celebrated music for four hands. From exquisite miniatures to the grand sonata movements, there is something to delight and challenge all levels of pianist. James Lisney has been performing and teaching at Jackdaws for over twenty years and has a particular affinity with the music of Schubert.

10-12 May 2013 – Piano Workshop with Philip Fowke

If you enjoy playing the piano, suffer from nerves, yet long to perform with greater security and confidence, then this is the course for you. Bring along your favourite pieces for discussion and exploration in a relaxed, informal environment. There is no obligation to perform any piece in full; it may be that you only wish to tackle a few bars at a time. The general standard is from about Grade 5 upwards, though this does not preclude those of a humbler ability. The emphasis is on learning with enjoyment, sharing difficulties with others, and discovering comfortable, practical ways to overcome musical and technical problems (NB this course is repeated in September).

25-28 July – Piano Summer School with Mark Tanner

A very popular course, offering the opportunity to use the longer time of three days to get a better understanding of the sprawling piano repertoire. This lively course will concentrate on repertoire, style, technique and practice methods. How to choose music for diploma, grade exams and skeleton score study, improvisation, duets and more will all be discussed. Support will be available for those taking grade and diploma exams as well as those who just want to play for pleasure.


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